WICONA – In front line for greener building systems

Hydro has since the launch one year ago won more than 40 big and small building projects around the world with its CIRCAL recycled aluminium. “This is currently one of Hydro’s fastest growing segments,” says head of Hydro’s business area Extruded Solutions. WICONA – One of Hydro´s brands launched CIRCAL during 2019 and the first projects are already in progress.

CIRCAL is one of WICONAS´s greener solutions for aluminium building systems, with minimum 75 percent recycled post-consumer scrap and a certified carbon footprint below 2.3 kg CO2 per kg aluminium. Since it was first introduced, WICONA which supplies building systems for facades, windows and doors for building and construction industry, has gone all-in on selling these greener aluminium solutions.


Hydro recently passed a milestone of 40 building projects using CIRCAL facades. That is about 2300 tons of greener aluminium, with big and small projects of up to 400 tons. An example is Økern Portal, one of Norway’s largest development projects, which uses 275 tons of CIRCAL aluminium in its facades. Mostly part of the facades are supplied by WICONA.


“The volumes are still small in the big picture of the global aluminium market, but this is currently one of Hydro’s fastest growing segments. By end 2020, all of Building Systems’ products and solutions in Europe will be available in CIRCAL and REDUXA, and we expect demand for low-carbon aluminium to grow in years
to come,” says head of Hydro’s business area Extruded Solutions, Egil Hogna.


REDUXA is the primary aluminium equivalent of CIRCAL, with a certified carbon footprint below 4.0 kg CO2 per kg aluminium.


Production ramp-up in 2020

Next year, Hydro will ramp up production of CIRCAL by increasing annual capacity to 25,000 tonnes with an upgrade and expansion of the Azuqueca recycling plant in Spain.

Hydro is the first aluminium producer supplying prime quality end-of-life recycled aluminium with a certified content of more than 75 percent recycled post-consumer scrap. The production process is fully traceable, and the product is certified by an independent third party (DNV GL). The European Commission’s sustainability targets require all new buildings to operate at net zero carbon emissions by 2030 – and all buildings by 2050. Hydro’s CIRCAL 75R is enabling builders and architects to meet the most demanding sustainability targets.

 

For more information and project solutions please contact:

Rimantas Staknevičius

Baltic Countries Manager / Baltijos šalių vadovas

M:+370 614 63280

T: +370 5 243 22 10

rimantas.staknevicius@hydro.com

 

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About Hydro CIRCAL:

Hydro CIRCAL is a range of products made with recycled post-consumer scrap. Through using recycled content, we reduce energy use drastically while still being able to offer high quality products. The percentage of scrap will change depending on specifications from the client, but we can always guarantee a CO2 footprint below 2.3 kg CO2 per 1 kg aluminium produced.

About Hydro REDUXA:

Hydro REDUXA is our series of certified, low carbon aluminium. It’s made with renewable energy, which results in a maximum carbon footprint of 4.0 kg CO2 per kg aluminium – one-fourth of the global average. The result is among the world’s lowest carbon aluminium to date.

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